Pacific Steppaz

Vanuatu

From a small Island in the South Pacific called Vanuatu come two sonic missionaries pioneering a whole new bass sound.

John Regis & Thony B combined are the Pacific Steppaz. Born and raised in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu they became fans of UK garage when a pair of British backpackers were stranded there for several days due to bad weather conditions. It was at some point during the late 1990’s, and the only source of entertainment they had brought with them was a CD player and a “Best of Speed Garage” compilation. The music immediately had an effect on the Steppaz and they would sit until long past sunsets listening to the funky 2 step sounds through the thin bamboo walls of their island guesthouse.

As the weather cleared, the travellers moved on to other destinations… Precisely one CD lighter. Their love of the emerging garage sound didn’t go unnoticed, and the backpackers (who’s names have been lost in the mists of time) offered the CD as a present to the wide eyed and bass hungry chaps.

Since then their appetite has only increased, as they desperately tried to get their hands on every type od music that came out of the UK, up until last year when they finally saved enough money for a basic PC and some cracked pirate software and began trying their hands at their own musical productions.

Pacific Steppaz – Pacific Steppaz

Pacific Steppaz – Gerrard II. (Sat in Silence)

Mixtape: Pacific Steppaz – Steppin’ Positive Vol. 1

Röyksopp – Remind me

An all time favorite of mine. And the vid is quite brilliant, too.

RIP DJ AM

DJ AM

I’m not jumping on the RIP bandwagon every time someone public bites the dust. But this one.. This fella’s sudden death really touched me. Adam Goldstein was one of the very few A-list DJs who lived up to their status by being truly skilled and soulful, and bringin’ a genuine style to the decks. Nicole Ritchie this, Hollywood that, but Adam was not just a bubble. No dues left unpaid. He intensely influenced an entire generation of DJs, including myself, and he opened many doors for all of us by using his massive outreach to perform musical education in this cold and shady business. He’ll be remembered as a true legend by every halfway decent DJ out there.

For those who don’t know about Adam’s story, read this feature.

MP3: DJ AM LIVE @ BANANA SPLIT, 5/6/07

Vintage Thai pop and other audial obscurities

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(Totally unrelated Thai LP artwork via lpcoverlover.com)

Wherever I’m at anywhere in Asia, there’s 5 different types of taxi drivers.

  1. The silence loving dude
  2. The talkative conversationalist
  3. The bluetooth talker
  4. The sports channel bro
  5. The musical chap, listening to weird pop songs in his native language and singin’ along  while doin’ the finger dance on the steering wheel.

I’d usually go with number 1. Whenever I ain’t got any dope new shit on my iPod though, I defs prefer number 5! At times I’m even willing to give my iPod rotation a break to curiously listen to the curiosities coming out of their taxi tape decks.

Upon my last trip to Thailand, I went to check out street markets in the outskirts of Bangkok to see if I can find some CDs with vintage Thai pop jams- the garage recording type, with 808 presets, traditional percussions and screechy vocals. Epic megafail, all the CDs I bought turned out as total karaoke krap.

Then I stumbled upon this live mix lately via Lowdjo‘s blog:

Honestly, parts of it I do find annoying. I have to admit that it’s tough for me to let this thing run without any skipping at all invlolved. But theres definitely some gems mixed up in there.Wish there was a tracklisting.

This twisted selection of Thai pop, Pakistani poppywood, North Korean commie funk, Haitian voodoo drums and Syrian techno made my neighbor knock on my door like a berserk this morning while I was taking a shower. Fuck y’all; use earplugs. Often enough did I tolerate your Nickelback/Fall Out Boy escapades. There’s hardly anything I hate more than the constant awareness of having my tasteless neighbors co-listening to all the marvelous jams I’m bumpin’.

Bavarian Bounce

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As a big admirer of Brazilian Baile Funk plus being a dude who is holding a German passport after all, I couldn’t help but letting the term ‘Bayre Funk’ (Bayre as in Bayrisch, meaning Bavarian in German) pop in upside my brain while hearing a good olde Bavarian folk tune a while back, imagining the horns and accordions being chopped up like Weisswurst while bumpin’ and grindin’ on some heavy upbeat tamborzão type rhythms.

Amazement took place immediately when I first heard Landgschwister Isertaleghettoschützen from the Bavarian alpine ghetto bass pioneers called Schlachthofbronx.

Schlachthofbronx – Landgschwister Isertalerghettoschützen

Schlachthofbronx – Belly Full Of Pills EP teaser mix

Their first EP Belly Full Of Pills is out today on Munich´s Disko B records.

The Heavy – How you like me now (Joker remix)

Bookworms – African Rhythms

My fave Bay Area label SOLOS is back on the track with their first digital release:

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In the mix are traces of garage, broken beat, and funky, but this is not reverent bass nostalgia: ‘African Rhythms’ pushes past fashion to wire a new set of rhythmic histories and spaces: the track sounds equally tuned to solitary late night rollage and body-dense warehouses.
The A side of this digital single is backed by two remixes: a 4×4 tuff melancholy Theo Parrish-style banger by Yao, and an ambient, abstracted daydream by Fat Transfer, whose disorienting EQ and filter work take the original even further out.

MP3s:

Bookworms – African Rhythms (Original)

Bookworms – African Rhythms (Yao Remix)

Bookworms – African Rhythms (Fat Transfer Remix)

Hi-bitrate versions available on iTunes now.

Also check out:

Solos Records

Bookworms

Yao

Fat Transfer